ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark gold color with nice clarity. The head is a nice-looking three finger offwhite shade. It has a good frothiness to it, and also retains very well. Plenty of lacing is left on the glass.
S: I half-imagined this would be similar to a bigger version of Ranger, and the herbal hop tones mixed with biscuity yeast told me I was right. There’s something not entirely right sitting with me aromatically that I can’t put my finger on, so I’m docking points.
T: I don’t like how the biscuity flavors interact with the hop profile; it almost creates a vague ammonia-esque flavor. Anyways, this unpleasant flavor fades away right before the middle of the brew, being supplanted with light piny qualities, a touch of citrus, and caramel malt. At first, I’m not enthused by the opening flavors, but they do fade away leaving a reasonable but unassuming DIPA.
M: Dry and crisp. The finish washes away some of the less pleasant notes well, which helps inspire additional drinkability. This is probably the best feature.
O: I was expecting an imperialized Ranger, and I got an imperialized Ranger...for better or worse. Like Ranger, I could see this one being significantly better on tap. The dry, easy drinking nature does an okay job of covering up its flaws, but there are still far superior options out there that you should pick up instead - and not even its price point can sway me otherwise.
Niall73 (1964) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home while visiting Jacksonville. Sweet overripe fruit with floral/perfumey notes and a nice dankness. Lemon, pine, soap, light caramel, light light ginger, grapefruit... Not too sweet, nicely done.
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Trich (3) - - MAR 2, 2015 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best IPA’s I’ve had without spending more than I’d want to. This beer is exactly what I look for in an IPA in all areas. Nice and hoppy with a great aftertaste. New Belgium has yet to disappoint me.
RCx240 (100) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear amber, foamy white head, decent retention and spotty lacing. Aroma is strongly floral, with hints of pine, resin and citrus. Taste is sweet caramel and nuts, with hints of lime and orange. Finishes with a lingering astringent bitterness, floral notes. Full bodied, soft carbonation, sticky texture. Quite nice.
lindtjorn (1) - - FEB 16, 2015 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice almost pine like clean crisp taste. Little head, clear golden color. Light hoppy aftertaste somewhat dry.
tekstr1der (82) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear, golden pour with thick, lasting white top. Aroma of pine. Flavor is pine again, and great malty balance. Very tasty brew!
Beerhunter111 (8943) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fast klares dunkel goldgelbes Bier mit einer schönen weißen Schaumkrone. Geruch extrem hopfig, grasig, bitter, floral. Geschmack sehr bitter hopfig, leicht harzig, reife Früchte, Pfirsisch, grasig.
ordybill (327) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- A toasted malt aroma with some hops and floral scents
Appearance- A golden yellow color with a small white head
Taste- Has a mild grass and malt flavor, not bad very understated
Palate- A mild brew with moderate carbonation.
Overall- Not a bad brew. It is pretty good but not a stand out.
Nekronos (3737) - Xalapa, MEXICO - FEB 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice as all beer from this brewery is. Quite hoppy but not tiring at all. Very drinkable and good shape too.
beechner224 (807) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. Dark copper with white head. Aroma is resiny hops, some pine. Taste is piney, resiny, sharp, bright, Hops linger in there a bit. Nice imperial IPA.
gyllenbock (5229) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Toronado SF. Light amber with a small head. Fresh aroma and taste of tropical fruit, grapefruit, some light malt and caramel. The finish was bitter and rather dry.